Root canal. These two words are probably some of the most feared in dentistry. But the pain that usually occurs leading up to a root canal is far more dramatic than the procedure. In fact, root canal treatment at our West Perth, WA surgery is not much different than getting a dental filling.
A root canal is a treatment that eliminates infection that has formed deep within the tooth root. A root canal will relieve your pain—and save your tooth from needing extraction.
Signs You Might Need a Root Canal
A toothache that becomes unbearable is one of the most common signs that you might need root canal treatment. The pain is often worse when you drink or eat something hot or cold, or if you bite down on the affected area.
Often symptoms will go beyond just your tooth, and your gums will be inflamed or have a small, white bump on them.
The Root Canal Procedure
As mentioned, root canal treatment is not painful because our dentist will thoroughly numb the area before they begin treatment. Once you are completely comfortable, they will begin the process:
- Your dentist will make a tiny hole in the affected tooth so they can reach the infected material, which is what is causing your pain.
- Next, your dentist will remove the infected material and thoroughly clean the area. All of the parts that were causing you pain will be taken out.
- Once the area is thoroughly cleaned, the root canal will be filled and sealed to keep the infection from developing further.
- In most cases, your dentist will recommend a dental crown to protect the remaining tooth structure.
We Welcome New Patients
We invite you to contact us to arrange an appointment at Western Prosthodontic Centre. Located in West Perth, WA, the dentists at our clinic are known for their gentle approach to root canal treatment.